Life Does Not Wait For You: So Live In The Here And Now!

Life does not wait for you: so live in the here and now!

Life does not wait for you. Not everything is fixed in the agenda of life. Because life happens to you right now: in the here and now. Things are happening now. Opportunities come your way, as if they were trains arriving at the station. But watch out! They may never stop there! So don’t put off the happiness you deserve today until tomorrow. We must learn to live in the here and now.

This message is inspiring and successful. It contains a nuance that we may not have thought of before. Most of us know that the best opportunities are now. But we don’t always see them. Or what’s worse, we don’t feel ready for these opportunities. Because we lack courage, the courage to cross that line of fear.

Open doors

So what is the reason for this indecision or the “blindness” to the doors that open to us every day? The answer lies in our legacy, in how we were raised, and in the vision we were taught. Almost since childhood, people have convinced us in this way that there is somewhere waiting for us where we will be happy. They tell us that a day will come when we will achieve that goal that we have longed for. This will be due to our efforts, our confidence and our desire to excel.

This may be true for some people. But if there’s one thing that characterizes the world around us, it’s uncertainty. Sometimes the people who put in the most effort don’t always get what they want. Those who strive most to “sow,” are often the ones who ultimately reap the least. In practice, many of us spend half our lives waiting for “something” that will never happen. In this way, we “shrink” our hopes and expectations as we wait eternally for the answers to our dreams.

So let’s have the guts to adopt a new strategy. Let’s stop looking to the future. We can learn to live a little more in the here and now. Investing in a here and now that is full of qualities can be done by opening our eyes, mind and heart and simply receiving what we need.

Appreciate the here and now and invest in being happy

Many people think that holding on to what is happening in the here and now is an irresponsible way of living. To answer that question, we must understand that living in the here and now does not mean adopting an easygoing view of life. In that view, we would only be able to enjoy the moment as if there is no tomorrow. Actually, the opposite is true. By living life fully in the present, we also invest in the future.

Paul Auster put it well. He said that people should learn to live in the here and now. Because “it doesn’t matter who you were yesterday, if you’re clear about who you are now.” This is the key: knowing who we are today, remembering where we are, what we need and where we want to go. Psychologists in their practice treat a common type of patient on a daily basis. It is the people who are “disconnected” from themselves and from the here and now.

Facing the “threats”

We sometimes have to deal with a difficult feeling or with a complicated or problematic situation. There are many people who simply interpret these events as “threats.” When they have named those situations that way, they choose to look the other way. They console themselves by saying “tomorrow is another day,” “tomorrow I will feel better” or “time heals everything.”

This is a very restrictive attitude.  Because all they do is pile up the conflicts and the frustrations for themselves. It’s like someone is constantly pressing heavy weights onto their shoulders. They dodge all the responsibility they should have for themselves. Moreover, they do not realize that everyone who pays attention to their emotions in the here and now is investing in their happiness intelligently.

Train your mind to live in the here and now

Our mind is sometimes like an overactive child sitting in the car during a trip. He needs a toy, something to do, something to look at, to think about, to wander about, to worry about and even become obsessed with. Our thoughts never stop. Most of our thoughts are focused on the immediate future. We’re like that little one in the car asking the infamous question “Are we almost there?”

We forget that life is not a destination. It’s a journey. There are moments and experiences to enjoy in the here and now that often escape us. There is one way to improve your approach, to slow down the car a bit and enjoy the view a bit more. You can do this by practicing mindfulness. To achieve this goal, we must train our minds through appropriate strategies. Let’s look at some examples.

Practice mindfulness and appreciate the here and now

  • Use the following statement every day: to live is to do the best we can with what we have at any given moment.
  • A calm mind is synonymous with a brighter life. To achieve this state of inner balance, it can be helpful to practice meditation, yoga, or deep breathing.
  • Don’t put off the worries you have today until tomorrow. We need to solve any complicated emotion, anxiety, or problem when we feel them.
  • Work on your focus, pay attention to everything you do, to what surrounds you right now. Avoid multitasking.
  • Go for a walk every day for at least half an hour in beautiful surroundings.
  • Practice gratitude. Appreciate everything you have and everything around you.
  • Learn to listen better.
  • Eat without rushing. Enjoy every bite and every taste.
  • Share quality time with the people you love.
  • Do hobbies that interest you and spark your creativity.

Learning to live in the here and now requires first and foremost a strong will. Second, you need the desire to work on it every day. No one can change their focus overnight. But when we do our best, we will appreciate more and more what really exists: what we can touch, feel and enjoy, the here and now.

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